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TGIF Music festival being planned for Fort Boonesborough — B1 ONLY $ 14.95 plus tax While supplies last, limited number of copies available at this newspaper. The Winchester Sun FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012 GRAND JURY Mother indicted after child stuck in bed By Fred Petke The Winchester Sun How much wood can two men chuck? (Quite a bit, actually) helby Miller, left, of East Broadway, and Linville Hopper of Holly Avenue, went about the task this week of cutting down and splitting a large elm tree near the intersection of North Main Street and Holly Avenue, top photo. The men were splitting the firewood for Miller to fuel his wood working shop. Miller lets fly one of the many split sections of fire wood into a trailer to be hauled to his shop, left photo. Hopper steadies a section for the wood splitter to do its job, above photo. Miller also was saving any sections of the wood that had interesting grain for wood carvings and bowls he creates. The elm tree was diseased and leaning and posed the threat of falling. S Sun photos by James Mann A mother was indicted Thursday for endangering her young child after the child got trapped in a bed while she was passed out. Jessica A. Velcoff, 21, of 100 Buffalo Trace Apt. 7, was indicted for first-degree wanton endangerment and first-degree possession of a controlled substance after police found her unconscious in her apartment and her 20-month-old child trapped between the mattress and rails of a daybed. On Dec. 21, 2011, social workers were following up on a case and knocked on the door to Apt. 7 by mistake, according to the arrest citation. The workers said they heard a baby crying inside the apartment and knocked on the door for 20 minutes, but no one answered. Winchester Police Patrolman Shane Southwood said he knocked for another four to five minutes before he forced his way into the apartment. He said he found Velcoff unconscious in the bed. When he tried to wake her, she rolled over and covered herself with a blanket. When she finally awoke, he wrote that she was disoriented and did not know what had happened. The child was freed from the bed. The grand jury also indicted two men for allegedly operating a meth lab in an outbuilding in January. Clark County Deputy Sheriff Paul Howard discovered the lab while investigating a prowler complaint near Treehaven Drive on Jan. 18. At the time, only 36-year-old Michael D. Ritchie was arrested after he said he was actively making meth. See INDICT, A3 LEGISLATURE Special session begins Monday jmann@winchestersun.com IN YOUR WORLD OBITS Two injured in Two Mile crash David “Julio” Anthony Johnson, 54, Winchester Harriet Billeter Conner, 82, Winchester Bobby W. Hensley, 59, Richmond — A2 WWW.WINCHESTERSUN.COM VOL. 134, NO. 86 75¢ PER COPY James Mann/jmann@winchestersun.com Clark County Deputy Sheriff Justin Gurley at right watches while medical personnel from Winchester Fire-EMS and Clark County Fire Department treat James L. Burris, 36, who was injured in a motorcycle wreck on Two Mile Road about 9:30 Thursday evening. Nadya Ohara, 19, of Charlotte N.C., a passenger on the motorcycle, also was injured in the crash. Ohara was transporte d to the University of Kentucky Medical Center by Winchester Fire-EMS, while Burris was transported to the hospital by helicopter. Both Burris and Ohara were wearing helmets. FRANKFORT (AP) — Gov. Steve Beshear will call lawmakers into a special legislative session Monday to consider a transportation budget that would provide funding needed for a $4.5 billion highway construction plan. Kentucky lawmakers adjourned this year’s legislative session Thursday night without approving funding for the construction plan. Beshear, a second-term Democrat, blamed Republican Senate President David Williams for thwarting passage of the transportation budget. Williams had insisted that Beshear should sign the construction plan into law before the Senate would pass the funding measure. The governor said he didn’t have time to fully review the construction plan before the session ended. It had received final passage late Thursday evening. Within minutes of the final gavels sounding in the House and Senate, Beshear had scheduled a news conference to announce he would call lawmakers back to Frankfort for what he hopes will be a one-week special session, which would cost taxpayers about $300,000. “The people of this state are going to be mad as heck, and I don’t blame them,” Beshear said. Kentucky’s divided legislature has See BUDGET, A3

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